Balance boards are a great way to attain fitness in a quick and fun workout that can be performed easily in the comfort of your own home.
Balance training with a few sets of balance board exercises are extremely beneficial in enhancing your everyday health and well-being. The biggest advantage of using a balance board in your workout routine is that it enables you to add a real element of physical stress training.
Balance board exercises are meant to improve three core areas- balance, equilibrium, and stability. Whether you are a retiree, college student or stay at home mom, a quick balance board workout is the solution for better proprioception and to get your heart rate up in just a few short minutes.
Balance board exercises have varying degrees of difficulty, and there are several exercises that you can perform on a balance board as a beginner.
Exercises to try with a balance board:
Balancing- Staying on the balance board in itself is an exercise. To get started-
- Stand on your balance board with your feet a shoulder's width apart and bend your knees slightly.
- Once you're comfortable, try to push the balance board from side to side without letting the edges touch the base.
As you get better with this, try to increase the speed and duration of moving back and forth.
Knee Pushups- Performing pushups on a balance board is a great way to activate many of your upper body’s muscles. The pushup is a good variant for beginners with your knees on the floor. To start your balance board pushup-
- Place the balance board on the floor.
- Put your hands on both side sides of the board, keeping them directly beneath your shoulders.
- Try to lower your body by bending at the elbows. Once your elbows are at a 90-degree angle, push back up, and repeat.
Once you become advanced and gain enough strength, you can progress to regular pushups with your knees off the floor.
Squats - Using a balance board in your squat are a great way to stay strong, and fit. To set up for your squat-
- Start by standing on the balance board with your feet a shoulder's width apart.
- Place your hands in front of you, arms straight, and try to bend at the knees until they reach a 90-degree angle.
- Try to reach the bottom of the squat.
- Reverse the movement until you’re upright again.